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Design Style: Girl’s Girl

I picked up my cap and gown about a week ago. Graduation just became real. We’ve been having tons of conversations in class about branding, what kinds of work we want to do after graduation, who we want to work for, and who we want to ultimately be. These are huge life questions that don’t always have easy answers.

I am a girly girl and my design style usually sways on that side. I love a nice stationery set or pretty gift wrap (seriously, I buy gift bags with no intention to use them for gifts). I am aware that I tend to gravitate towards girly designs, but have never thought I could really make a career out of my love of all things pretty and girly. Until I realized that I would be happiest designing girly things, I sort of sequestered my girly nature. In the back of my mind, I would always think What if an employer thinks I can’t design for a male-oriented client? But would I be happy designing manly trucks and beer? Probably not.

There are plenty of designers who have embraced a feminine style of design (Jessica Hische and Joy Cho are a couple of my faves). Not only do these designers not shy away from feminine designs, they actually have made successful brands and identities embracing it. They also have translated their styles beyond products and brands driven towards women. These two designers offer daily inspiration for my design style and I hope to follow in their shoes.

 

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Yes, I’m still alive.

It’s been a long time blogosphere! I’m not one to make excuses; but, well, I’m making one now. When you have a baby two weeks into the fall semester, things like keeping up with blogging get put on the back burner. Maybe even more like wrapping it up and putting it in the freezer to keep for a much later time would be a better analogy. Either way, this blog post is long overdue!

I will admit that the fall semester was tougher mentally than I thought it would be. I expected to miss some class for the birth of my daughter and certainly anticipated getting a little behind. I hate to miss class or miss out on valuable discussions. I also feel terribly guilty if I feel like I’m not pulling my weight. This fall was a constant inner struggle about this very topic. I know it’s my own internal critic because my classmates and professors were nothing short of completely supportive. From recording class discussions for me to answering late-night questions via text, I couldn’t have completed the semester without them.

I know I’ve said it before, but my classmates have grown to be like family to me. With our upcoming graduation, it’s bittersweet to know that while some of my classmates will move away for amazing design opportunities, it also means I will not see them on a regular basis. In some ways I wish we could stay in school for a few more years, making art while supporting and encouraging each other. But I’m also very excited to see what the next few years holds for my talented class. Either way, I know the last semester of senior year can be stressful. We will get through it together with laughter, lots of coffee, and probably some cupcakes too.

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